NFC South: Andre Gurode

The season-long suspension of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma pretty much is unprecedented in the NFL.

There have been plenty of one-year suspensions (and some longer) for substance-abuse violations. But Vilma’s suspension ranks as one of the longest in history.

With help from the Associated Press, by way of ESPN Stats & Information, here’s a list of the longest non-substance-abuse suspensions in NFL history:
  • Art Schlichter, life, suspended one year for gambling in 1983, never reinstated
  • Merle Hapes, eight years, suspended for conversing with known gambler in 1946, reinstated in 1954
  • Frank Filchock, three years, suspended for conversing with known gambler in 1947, reinstated in 1950
  • Michael Vick, two years, two games, suspended indefinitely in 2007 after pleading guilty to role in dogfighting
  • Plaxico Burress, two years, suspended for duration of jail term in 2009 after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon
  • Donte’ Stallworth, one year, suspended for one year after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2009
  • Paul Hornung, one year, suspended one year for gambling in 1963
  • Alex Karras, one year, suspended one year for gambling in 1963
  • Adam Jones, one year, suspended one year for violating Personal Conduct Policy in 2007

Those suspensions all involved off-field actions. Here is the list of the longest NFL suspensions for on-field incidents:
METAIRIE, La. – The Saints now have three Pro Bowlers on their offensive line.

Center Jonathan Goodwin was added to the roster because Dallas’ Andre Gurode has pulled out with an injury. Guard Jahri Evans and tackle Jon Stinchcomb already had been selected to the Pro Bowl. Goodwin was a first alternate and this will be his first Pro Bowl.

The Saints’ offensive linemen were celebrating in the locker room Wednesday, but they admitted they hope they don’t play in the Pro Bowl because it’s being played the week before the Super Bowl this year.

If the Saints make it to the Super Bowl, their players won’t be able to play in the Pro Bowl, although they’ll get whatever bonuses they might have earned if they had been selected.